Selling their souls

2009-03-02 00:00

EVERY now and again a book or report appears that attempts to negate the harmful effects of DDT, mad cow disease, the hole in the ozone layer, asbestos lung disease, genetically modified food, climate change, nuclear energy, chemical pesticides and so on. This reading material is always very convincing, yet it conflicts with scientific fact.

We need to keep in mind that denialists use rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate when in reality there is none. Another tactic is to present scientific fact and misinformation as two acceptable viewpoints. This type of mind control keeps the population confused and in limbo, giving vested interests the freedom to exploit the situation.

Denialism is commonly used by governments, political parties, business groups, interest groups or individuals who reject propositions on which a scientific or scholarly consensus exists. These rascals should be strongly censured for their mischief as they have sold their souls for a penny to the detriment of individual health and happiness and the environmental wellbeing of our planet.

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